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Naworth Castle, Cumbria f.213

Naworth Castle, Cumbria f.213

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.213

Length: 25.8

Width: 36.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The Dacre family built Naworth Castle in 1335 as a stronghold on the border between England and Scotland. In 1513 Lord Thomas Dacre, at the Battle of Flodden, helped inflict defeat under Henry Howard (later to become 2nd Duke of Norfolk), on Scotland.

The Crown recognised the strategic importance of Naworth and when the then Lord Dacre died in 1560, Elizabeth I had her cousin Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, marry the widowed Lady Dacre. Her only son died from a fall from his horse a few years later and all the vast Dacre estates passed automatically to the Howard family.

In 1844, thirty odd years after Buckler drew Naworth, a fire swept through the castle destroying nearly all the medieval and Elizabethan structures. Extensive reconstruction began in the 1850s and the castle still remains the seat of the Howard family.

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